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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Spinal Tumor

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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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I think I have symptoms of a spinal tumor. What tests would i need to take?

I think I have symptoms of a spinal tumor. What tests would i need to take?

Possibly MRI: See a doctor for a history and physical and ask if your symptoms merit MRI or other tests. Spinal cord tumors are not common. ...Read more

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Which is more serious? A spinal tumor or spinal cyst?

Which is more serious? A spinal tumor or spinal cyst?

Difficult to answer,: because it depends on the type of tumor, along with the size/location of the tumor or cyst. ...Read more

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Is there a non-invasive treatment for a spinal tumor/ ?

Is there a non-invasive treatment for a spinal tumor/
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Sometimes: It depends on the type of tumor. Benign, slow growing tumors may be observed if not compressing nerves or making the spine unstable. Some malignant tumors may respond well to medication (chemotherapy) or radiation treatment. Treatment depends on type of tumor, location, size, nerve/spinal cord pressure, stability. ...Read more

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Would a spinal Tumor show on an MRI scan?

Would a spinal Tumor show on an MRI scan?

Usually: Sometimes a spinal cord tumor, especially with extrinsic compression, can result in false localizing clinical signs, which could result in imaging at wrong level, but if precise, the MRI will show lesion. However, you say that you have B-12 issues, and this can cause spinal cord problems in posterior columns, which are also seen on MRI. Do you feel Concierge visit might help? ...Read more

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What does it mean to have laminectomy for spinal tumor excision?

See below: To remove the posterior portion on the arch of the spinal canal to reduce pressure or compression on the cord itself. ...Read more

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Is there a minably invasive treatment, such as laser, for a benigh spinal tumor?

Is there a minably invasive treatment, such as laser, for a benigh spinal tumor?

Spinal Tumors: Treatments include: corticosteroids (dexamethasone) may be given to reduce inflammation and swelling around the spinal cord. Surgery may be needed to relieve compression on the spinal cord. Some tumors can be completely removed. In other cases, part of the tumor may be removed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. Radiation therapy may be used with, or instead of, surgery. Chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What can be done for a spinal tumor?

What can be done for a spinal tumor?

Multiple options: Depending on size, location, pathology, and symptoms, a variety of options are available - surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, observation or combination. Proton beam therapy is a newer form of radiation treatment utilizing more precise proton energy rays that try to avoid or minimize collateral damage to vital parts like the spinal cord or the normal brain tissue. ...Read more